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After already becoming the highest grossing game-based movie in the U.S. last month, Paramount Pictures is taking Sonic the Hedgehog home on digital platforms starting March 31, when families are forced across the U.S. to practice social distance.
In addition to making the film available early on digital platforms, Paramount also announced that the iconic adventure game adaptation will hit the shelves in 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 19 and will rent discs at Redbox and similar companies from the same company.
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The decision to bring the film in advance digitally comes when Warner Bros. recently decided to launch the films of Birds of Prey, The Way Back and Just Mercy online for March 24th. Disney's Frozen II and Onward are also some who follow the same trend, while Universal, which released The Hunt and The Invisible Man earlier this month in theaters, plans to launch Trolls World Tour simultaneously online and in theaters in April.
Sonic: The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters in November 2019, but after very negative public criticism of Sega's character design, Paramount postponed the release to February 2020, with the goal of redesigning Sonic to better adapt to the look of the games. And the change worked, getting positive reviews from critics and audiences, and grossing more than $ 306 million at the global box office with a production budget of $ 95 million.